HP EliteBook 840, we've tested it

HP EliteBook 840, we've tested it

Everyone is looking for the perfect recipe. But it is not easy to find it. The new HP EliteBook 840 is a professional notebook looking to gain a foothold in this competitive market. A high-end device that stands out for its characteristics but does not provide unusual elements. It is not a convertible like the HP EliteBook 360 1030 G2, although it does give the option of integrating a touch screen.

It is a sober ultrabook with a 14-inch screen and high brightness (in the most powerful configuration), with one of the latest 8th generation Intel Core processors. In addition, its use of a Samsung SSD card with high performance or good autonomy stands out, which in my tests has reached six hours of normal use (approx.). I have had the opportunity to get my hands on this laptop for a few days, available on the market for a price of just under 1,400 euros for the most basic configuration.

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View of the HP EliteBook 840 from the side

HP EliteBook 840

screen14 ″ IPS touchscreen with Corning Gorilla glass, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Internal memory512GB PCIe SSD
Processor and RAMIntel Core i7-8550U Quad Core up to 4 GHz, 16 GB RAM
Graphic cardIntegrated Graphics (Intel HD Graphics 620)
Battery3-cell lithium-ion, about five to six hours in normal use
Operating systemWindows 10 Pro
ConnectionsBluetooth 4.2, Dual Band AC WiFi
Ports2 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB Type-C compatible with Thunderbolt, 1 x HDMI, 1 x headphone / microphone, SIM card slot (in 4G version)
DesignMetal, silver
Dimensions32.6 x 23.4 x 1.79 cm (1.61 kilograms)
Featured FeaturesFingerprint reader, HP Sure Start Gen4
Release dateAvailable
PriceFrom 1,366 euros

A robust but easy-to-carry laptop

Solidity. That's the first word that comes to mind when you take a close look at and pick up the EliteBook 840. This laptop is meant to be easily transported, but it's heavier than the average high-end ultrabook we've been looking at lately . Its 1.6 kilos (in the touchscreen configuration) are far from other models that have surprised the market such as the Acer Swift 5 (below the kilo in weight) or the LG Gram. On the contrary, we have a feeling of robustness that can be very reassuring if we have to work in more demanding environments.

It is built in aluminum with a sober silver color. The hinge that is responsible for keeping the screen in place is solid and the panel does not "dance" when you grab it from one of the corners, something that happens very easily in too many models. I also really liked the detail of inserting the EliteBook name on the upper edge of the keyboard, so that it is visible when the laptop is closed (the detail can be seen in the first photo of this article).

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A closer shot of the HP EliteBook 840 keyboard and speakers

Despite being a professional notebook, HP has taken care of the speakers thanks to its collaboration with Bang & Olufsen. These speakers are located along the entire front just above the keyboard. Their greatest attraction is the power they achieve, very surprising for a laptop. Of course, it doesn't seem like a completely defined sound to me. It gives me the impression that there are other systems that make better use of the space of a laptop.

Where I do give HP an A is on the keyboard. It is not a secret that the keyboards of the EliteBook seem to me the best that exists in the market. The height and spacing of the keys is enough to make typing comfortable , and the experience is easy to get used to. How could it be otherwise, this keyboard is backlit in a beautiful blue color. By the way, it can be configured with two different brightness levels.

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Right side of the EliteBook where most ports are accommodated

Very complete connections

There is no doubt that this notebook was made with the mobile professional in mind. The company has not left any physical connector in the pipeline, something that is very welcome. Thus, we have two full-size USB 3.1 ports. One of them on the right and the other on the left. We also found a third USB port, in this case of type C . This port is compatible with Thunderbolt technology.

Nor could it miss an HDMI port and a connector that has disappeared from a large number of ultrabooks. We are talking about the Ethernet port , a very interesting option if we want a more stable Internet connection through cable. Without abandoning the Internet, the most advanced configurations of the HP EliteBook 840 also include a SIM card slot . A very useful option that is difficult to find in a current laptop, and that has been relegated to the higher-end professional models.

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Left side of the HP EliteBook 840 with air vent or a USB 3.1 port

If we want to connect wirelessly, we have dual-band AC WiFi, in addition to Bluetooth version 4.2.

Latest generation processor and good internal memory

With the HP EliteBook 840 G5 a fairly high level of performance is achieved through the CPU. There are many different configurations. In my case, I have been able to test the one that includes one of the latest eighth-generation Intel Core processors. Specifically, the Intel Core i7-8550U quad-core chip . The normal speed is 1.8 GHz, but it can be reached up to 4 GHz if necessary. The processor is combined with a 16 GB RAM (maximum 32 GB).

In principle, a first level technical set with which you will not have problems running most applications, including some like Photoshop that handle graphics.

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Close-up view of the closed laptop

As for the internal memory of the EliteBook, a Samsung PCIe-type SSD memory has been integrated . This card has a capacity of 512 GB and achieves excellent performance. It is very noticeable when starting the different applications or the same operating system. I have put it to the test with a disk speed test, and the results are at the height of the sensations that the use of the laptop leaves. Specifically, sequential read speeds of up to 3,123 MB / s and write speeds of up to 1,930 MB / s are achieved .

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EliteBook 840 Samsung PM981 SSD Card Speed ​​Test

Business functions

They could not miss extra functions designed for the professional user. Starting with the fingerprint reader that we can find just below the keyboard, on the right. This addition will help us to protect access to certain services and the operating system itself (through Windows Hello). By the way, as expected the system version will be Windows 10 Pro.

HP also wanted to highlight its tools to protect the PC. We are talking about  HP Sure Start Gen4 and HP Sure Click. These are tools that are present in all strata from the BIOS itself to the usual use of the laptop browsing the web. Probably one of the most interesting options is to recover the data from the BIOS in case of an attack or the computer is infected with a virus. By the way, I really liked a dedicated button that serves to darken the screen in such a way that it becomes unreadable to the people around us.

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The EliteBook screen has a specific mode to darken it and avoid prying eyes

Good brightness display and touch functionality (optional)

The EliteBook 840 screen is 14 inches in size. It is IPS type, which favors viewing angles of up to 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically. In addition, we can opt for a higher configuration with a brightness of 700 nits , more than some high-end mobiles. That will allow us to see the contents of the laptop outdoors without worrying about the sunlight.

The resolution of the panel is Full HD of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels , with a level of detail of 157 dots per inch. For users who want a more specific equipment for graphics processing or even gaming, there is the option of a 4K screen and a dedicated AMD Radeon graphics card.

Another of the available choices is to integrate a touch screen. If we do not need this functionality, we will save 100 grams in the weight of the equipment.

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The trackpad includes two buttons on the top that work like a mouse

Autonomy, price and opinions

The HP EliteBook 840 G5 has a 3-cell Li-ion battery. The American company has not lavished on official usage figures, but it must be noted that it is in the average of what good professional ultrabooks offer us . During my tests I have been able to work with the computer for between five and six hours with the brightness close to maximum and light use with navigation and some applications. It does not disappoint but it is not one of the most surprising points either.

The EliteBook 840 G5 can already be purchased in Spain for a starting price of 1,366 euros . As usual, we have several configurations so this price can be above 2,000 euros depending on what we are looking for. In short, it is an ultrabook with good performance and very reliable to take anywhere. The points that I liked the most are its solidity, the quality of its keyboard and the option of including a slot for SIM cards . On the contrary, the truth is that it is a team that leaves little room for surprise or innovation. Although it is not something necessarily negative, since it is a safe bet for a worker looking for a powerful laptop, with a robust design without being heavy and with several professional-cut add-ons.

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View of the laptop practically closed